Category: Technology Trends

CES 2018: New 3D Cameras

3D camera technology uses multiple angles of a specialized camera to create an image that simulates depth and 3D form. Just like humans use binocular vision to determine distance, perceive depth and judge the size of objects, these cameras use multiple angles to achieve the same results. 3D cameras have recently become available to the mainstream public, at an affordable price, by multiple competitors. Let’s take a look at the latest and greatest that this cutting-edge technology has to offer.

HP Z 3D Camera

The HP Z is a monitor mounted, down facing, 2D/3D camera that possesses the ability to capture 3D pictures and digitize them. It can also capture 2D documents and record video. The monitor mounted design was created as an accessory to a personal computer, eliminating the need for any extra hardware. The HP Z weighs 1.2 lbs. and uses an attachable magnet as a mounting device, enabling quick set-up and release. 2 USB ports are required for operation, enabling power and data transmission. The HP Z 3D utilizes 3D SLAM technology, which removes fingers from an object during rotation. Hi-Res 3D “textured” scans are compatible with PowerPoint 3D and Paint 3D, using the simple drag and drop method. 2D document scans are captured in 14 MP and can be used with any up-to-date photo software. While availability is yet to be determined, the price is estimated to sit around $600 per unit.

Leveno “Mirage” & Yi Technology “Horizon” 3D Cameras

Google recently unveiled the Mirage and Horizon; two similar cameras that provide a 360 photo and video experience that shatters the current glass ceiling of ‘shoot and spin’ technology. In the past, most cameras of this nature provide 360 photos and videos that appear to be grainy during playback. Google has reportedly fixed this problem by placing multiple VR180 cameras in the forward facing sphere of the picture, thereby doubling visual clarity. Stereoscopic Recording is also a feature on these devices, which provides a ‘full immersion’ audio effect during playback. The excitement of these cameras comes into effect when virtual technology is used for video and photo playback. If a flat computer screen is used for playback, the user will experience playback in 2D. If virtual reality is used, however, the true power of these cameras can be taken advantage of as the user is immersed in a 3-dimensional environment, complete with stereo sound, depth, and high resolution. Pricing for these cameras are unavailable as yet, but they are expected to hit the market in early spring, for mainstream consumption.

2018 is abundant in the release of exciting technologies, evidenced by the market availability of cutting-edge 3D cameras. These cameras are capable of capturing images in a 3D format, which can then be used with all kinds of software, programs, and printers. The door has been opened, and there are truly no limits to the whims of your creative desires.

Advances in Three Dimensional Cameras

There is a new technology that is becoming increasingly commonplace in the market for three dimensional cameras, called time of flight technology. While time-of-flight cameras are a type of range camera, it uses the speed of light itself to determine the depth of the image. They also can produce an exceptionally large amount of images this way, and this leads to an exceptionally smooth film. These cameras can take as many as 160 images per second. Despite having been around since 2000, time-of-flight cameras are still somewhat unusual. However, it can be expected that they will become more common in the future.

Not only are 3D cameras becoming more advanced, but they are being incorporated into devices that don’t ordinarily have them, such as smartphones. It is expected that this development will continue. Not only are these cameras becoming more common, but they are becoming better devices than ever before. Phone cameras used to be relatively low resolution. However, nowadays, there are many three-dimensional smartphone cameras with resolutions as high as 41¬†MP. They also are being designed with a variety of additional features, such as being able to shoot in low lighting conditions and take videos in high definition, in addition to being three dimensional.

Compact Cameras for Better Transport

Three dimensional cameras are also getting smaller and smaller. Not only are they being incorporated into mobile devices, but there are now high quality three dimensional cameras that can be carried in your pocket. In the future, it is likely that they will be even smaller. This will make it more common for people to be able to use them while on vacation and in other settings where transportability is a must. Nowadays, three dimensional cameras are no larger than ordinary digital cameras that only shoot two dimensional images.

The cameras themselves are now more likely to come with additional features. For instance, three dimensional cameras with a 360-degree view are more commonplace now. There also are likely to be many new and unique features of three dimensional cameras.

Increases in Availability and Sales of 3D Cameras

While three dimensional cameras of all types used to be extremely uncommon, they are now becoming more commonplace. This is due to more advanced technology behind 3D cameras, and this leads to an increased ease of production. As more 3D cameras are produced, they are likely to become increasingly common and more affordable. Nowadays, it is possible for the average person to have access to a 3D camera.

There also are several reasons why three dimensional cameras are becoming more popular. For one, as they have become more common, the entertainment industry has needed to use them. People often want to see 3D imagery in films and photographs. Thus, there has been a lot of demand for advancing the technology behind 3D cameras. The main companies that produce cameras are thus dedicating large amounts of time, money, and effort to develop more advanced three dimensional cameras. Canon, Panasonic, Kodak, Faro, and Fujifilm are some of the most important companies in the 3D camera industry.

Film Industry Trends

It can be expected that the advances in three dimensional cameras will change the film industry dramatically. While now three dimensional cameras stand out as unique and high tech, one day they may become considered commonplace and relatively unremarkable. In fact, it is entirely possible that one day three dimensional cameras will become expected by consumers. They may even ultimately become expected by people who are simply going to use them to shoot home movies.

They also are being sold in a wide variety of regions, and this is meaning that manufacturers are making larger profits off them. While three dimensional cameras are quite commonplace in much of the United States and Canada, they are selling quite well throughout a lot of Asia. This is important as the population of this part of the world is quite large. In these areas, smartphones are quite common. However, not a lot of people there even know about three dimensional cameras. This may be likely to change soon though. In the future, this may even begin to increase the sales of time of flight cameras in Asia.

Awareness of three dimensional cameras is increasing. As it is increasing, the specific devices that are most popular may change. The most popular three dimensional cameras that are contained in smartphones are anywhere between eight and sixteen megapixels. This may increase in the future. As people become more familiar with the specifications of three dimensional cameras, it is likely that they will want larger devices.

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